When dressing up your dog for Halloween, keep in mind that you’re not dealing with a child or a doll. Putting the wrong type of costume on your furry friend can lead to frustration, a dangerous wardrobe malfunction, or even an unplanned pet hospital visit. Following these do’s and don'ts will help you and your dog stay safe while enjoying Halloween festivities.
Ensure your dog can use all senses.
Blocking any of your dog’s senses with a costume could be unsafe, making them more likely to get into an accident. Make sure the costume you choose allows them to see, hear, and smell what’s going on. Your canine pal should be able to breathe, eat, and move around as normal.
Watch out for choking hazards.
Avoid costumes with small attachments such as buttons, bells, or dangling items. Inspect the costume for loose threads and pieces and remove them. Your dog might try to pull off or eat such items and choke on them, which can lead to an emergency trip to the pet hospital.
Force your dog to wear a costume.
Halloween is a human celebration, so your dog doesn’t appreciate it the way you do. Don’t frustrate yourself or stress your pet by forcing them to put on an unwanted costume. Introduce the costume and try it on your pet before Halloween. If you see signs of resistance or anxiety, remove the garment and reassure your dog that everything is all right.
Leave your costumed dog unattended.
Your dog might behave unpredictably while wearing unfamiliar garments. For everyone’s safety while your pet is in Halloween garb, don’t leave them alone with young children or adults they don’t know well.
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